Another year, another District 11 swimming championship for the Parkland High School girls.
The Parkland girls have now won five straight district titles and eight of the last nine after capturing this year's championship this past weekend. The girls won the title by 114 points over second place Emmaus, while the boys fell 44 points short of catching Emmaus in their annual battle for the top spot.
The Parkland Trojans were well represented on the medal stand at the District 11 Diving Championships this past weekend at Emmaus High School.
Parkland divers took six of the eight medals awarded, including sweeping all four spots on the medal stand on the boys side. In addition, Jacob Lenhart continued his streak of setting records and captured the Outstanding Diver Award for the meet.
It wasn't that long ago that Jacob Lenhart set both the Parkland pool record and school record for scoring in a six-dive meet against Allen when he registered a score of 326.55 during the regular season.
Last weekend, Lenhart went a step further and captured both records again, this time in an 11-dive meet during the Lehigh Valley Conference Championships. Obviously, the record-setting performance was good enough to make Lenhart the LVC champion with a score of 496 and send him into this weekend's District 11 meet as one of the favorites.
Last season when Parkland and Emmaus met in swimming, the Trojans picked up a win on the girls side, but a loss on the boys side.
The results this season were the same, but a momentary error in scoring initially caused a lot of jubilation on the Parkland side, which turned into disappointment when the error was corrected, giving Emmaus a 95-90 win. The Parkland girls took a 101-85 victory for the day.
During the regular season, Parkland downed Emmaus 2-0, helped by a goal by Jess Wetherhold with just eight seconds left in the first-half.
The two teams met again in the District 11 quarterfinals and Parkland knew that it wasn't facing the same team that it beat a month earlier, but the Trojans were still good enough to come out on the top side of a 1-0 win.
Parkland soccer coach Al Haddad knew he was leading his girls into a tough game against Emmaus, but he also knew that their task got a lot easier when Hannah Gombos scored a goal with just eight seconds remaining in the first-half of play to take a 1-0 lead.
Gombos took a pass from Jess Wetherhold and was able to slide it past goalie Katie Thomas. The goal broke the ice and helped push the Lady Trojans to a 2-0 win over Emmaus in Lehigh Valley Conference play.